HC calls for report on safety of water in cans

One-liner: A division bench of Madras HC has directed the Tamil Nadu govt to file a report stating the mechanism followed in preparing drinking water in cans, their cleanliness and life span.

Review petition: The bench gave the direction when a review application filed in 2019 on the issue came up for further hearing last week.

Milk in bottles: The State shall also file a detailed report as regards supply of milk in bottles/tetrapacks, after obtaining suggestions from Aavin, the state-owned milk supply agency, it said. 

  • The bench on it own impleaded the Commissioner of Food Safety and Drug Administration dept as a party-respondent, to assist the court in this matter

Significant problem: The court observed that drinking water stored in plastic bottles becomes a significant problem not only to the well-being of the environment, but also to the quality of health. 

Mixture of plastic particles: Storage of water in a sub-standard water bottle for a longer period of time turns good water into poisonous one on account of mixture of plastic particles with water. 

Bottom line: The Central govt must find out an effective alternative for plastic bottles for drinking purposes in all public places, the bench said.

Source: PTI